This excuse wouldn’t fly for any other public figure in Washington, but when you remember that this is a guy who greeted Gabby Giffords by welcoming her to the “Cracked Head Club,” the idea that he means exactly the opposite of what he says doesn’t seem so implausible.

Maybe during that Democratic caucus meeting on the debt ceiling he really meant that tea partiers have acted like patriots?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I contacted the White House this afternoon for an explanation of Vice President Biden’s stunning remarks regarding China’s odious one-child policy. Moments ago, I received the following on-the-record statement from Biden’s press secretary, Kendra Barkoff:

“The Obama Administration strongly opposes all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization. The Vice President believes such practices are repugnant. He also pointed out, in China, that the policy is, as a practical matter, unsustainable. He was arguing against the One Child Policy to a Chinese audience.”

Not to nitpick, but that’s not strictly true. He didn’t tell the Chinese that their one-child policy is unsustainable. He told them that forcing each young Chinese wage-earner to support four elderly grandparents is unsustainable. (Which is true.) If China’s willing to thin the herd on the front end, who knows? Maybe they’ll start thinning it on the back end too to bring the grandchild/grandparent ratio into line. If you think rationing of health care to seniors is a frightening concept in the U.S. and UK, wait until the ChiComs put their distinctive brand on it.

Grim jokes aside, we all know why Biden said what he said and it has little to do with his personal feelings about mandatory sterilization. Exit quotation from Mark Steyn: “They have our soul who have our bonds.”